India vs South Africa 2021-22: Marco Jensen, who once beat Kohli, continues to impress

Marco Jensen is no stranger to Indian fans. In 2018, the then 17-year-old, who traveled to the Wanderers Stadium with his twin brother Duane, had beaten India’s Test captain Virat Kohli outside the off-stump with left-arm pace in a practice session. Third Test in Johannesburg, affecting the right-handed batsman.

“It is an incredible feeling to know that you are bowling to the best batsman in the world. He (Kohli) said ‘good ball’ only after the third ball,” Jensen told Cricbuzz at the time. Duane, who was there during the practice session, spoke positively about his twin.

“Yeah, Marko beat him more today than he did yesterday. I think yesterday, he noticed some of his weaknesses – but where else to put the ball in his area. I think he bowled well today.”

Cut to 2021, Jensen took the wicket of Kohli in India’s second innings total of 174. Not only Kohli, Jansen scored 4/55 in 13.3 overs with figures of 5/124 in his debut Test match. The 21-year-old from Klerksdorp had earlier bowled to India ‘A’ cricketers on a four-day tour in 2017.

His father, Kuss, talked a lot about his twin sons’ encounter with the then India A coach Rahul Dravid, revealing that he had taken pictures with the legendary batsman. He said, ‘He had profile pictures with Dravid, I don’t know for how long. They will keep showing it to everyone and obviously it is a matter of great pride for me because Dravid is a legend and when he tells my boys to do good work, it means a lot.”

Janssen also traveled to Pakistan earlier this year as a member of South Africa’s Test team. But his debut in Test cricket at Centurion was a bit rough as opener Mayank Agarwal dismissed him for 12 in his first over in Test cricket. In that innings, Jensen tried to find the right length and by the time he found his groove, he dismissed Jasprit Bumrah for his first Test scalp.

Johnson was on a hat-trick at the start of India’s second innings when Agarwal got the wicket of his first ball. Although he did not get a hat-trick, Jensen dismissed Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and closed the innings by clean bowling Mohammad Siraj to take his first four-wicket haul in Test cricket.

With the bat, Jensen scored 19 off 42 balls, coming in at number eight and 37 for more than ten overs with Kagiso Rabada to provide some lower-order resistance for South Africa in the first innings.

Janssen is also one of the rare players who made his IPL debut before entering international cricket. He played two matches for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2021. However, this was not his first visit to India. In 2019, Jensen traveled to the country as a member of the South Africa ‘A’ side. With the wicket of Kohli, life turned a full circle for the promising all-rounder.

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